Official Competition

This Spanish-language, minimalist skewering of the motion picture industry is a brilliant, expertly shot and written masterpiece from Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn. Starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez, it’s as good as they come, full of career-best performances along with dazzling cinematography by Arnau Valls Colomer. It’s […]

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RRR

Trust me when I say you’ve never seen anything like this before… and may never again. Set in 1920s India, this epic extravaganza tells the fictionalized story of two real-life revolutionaries and their battle against British rule. It is already the most watched non-English film ever on Netflix and deserves […]

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The Worst Person in the World

This fantastic dramedy, starring Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsve, takes everything Hollywood has taught you about rom-coms and flips it all upside down, as it tells the story of one young woman’s journey through life, death, and love. It’s beautifully written, smart, and fascinating and will make you wonder […]

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The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Scottish Play gets a phenomenal small-screen treatment courtesy of writer/director Joel Coen. Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, it’s a largely faithful retelling of the Bard’s best and is gorgeously shot by renowned cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. A fascinating and beautiful adaptation of one of the best plays ever written. […]

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The Power of the Dog

Over the years, Netflix has earned five Best Picture nods (‘Roma’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Marriage Story’, ‘Mank’, and ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’) but they might finally win with this masterpiece from Jane Campion. The quintessential slow-burn Western, ‘Dog’ is an absolute thing of unsettling beauty, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as […]

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Licorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson follows up 2017’s haunting ‘Phantom Thread’ with (why not?) a ‘Dazed and Confused’-like coming of age story. Starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman (Phillip Seymour’s kid), it hearkens back to PTA’s ‘Boogie Nights’ both in setting and tone…and is just as good. A complex (but still accessible) […]

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Drive My Car

A three-hour-long, heady, Oscar-nominated Japanese film about a widower attempting to stage a version of ‘Uncle Vanya’ may not sound like riveting stuff, but ‘Drive My Car’ is as close to a game-changer as anything that has come down the pike in recent years. Though it spends most of its […]

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Belfast

Drawing from his own life experiences growing up during “The Troubles”, screenwriter (and director) Kenneth Branagh has put together a superb film that easily stands among the best and most affecting this year. Elegantly shot in black and white by Branagh’s longtime collaborator Haris Zambarloukos, it’s a deeply moving and […]

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Spencer

Give Kristen Stewart all the awards now for her depiction of Princess Diana in this slice-of-life biopic set against the 1991 Christmas holiday at Sandringham Estate. Director Pablo Larrain (‘Jackie’), working from a pitch-perfect script by Steven Knight, creates a tinderbox, tosses the People’s Princess into the middle of it, […]

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The Father

What you think might be a simple story about a woman trying to convince her deteriorating father that he needs to move into a home is very much not. Full of twists and turns and surprises, it’s not only a showcase for the Oscar-worthy (and then some) Anthony Hopkins and […]

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